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Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies

Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE signed an executive order on Thursday designed to boost the environmental performance of federal agencies. 

The order mandates that federal agencies reduce the overall energy consumption of their buildings, implement waste prevention and recycling measures and reduce water consumption, among other measures.

"Were going to run government smoothly, efficiently, and on behalf of the very hardworking taxpayers — something that the taxpayers haven't seen in a long time," Trump said in a statement. 

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The measure aims to curb federal spending on energy and waters at its more than 350,000 buildings across the country. Last year, federal agencies spent more than $6 billion on energy for buildings and $635 million on water, the White House said. 

The measure also orders federal agencies to meet statutory requirements related to renewable energy and electricity. 

The order charges Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects Federal judge strikes down Trump's cuts on food stamps for unemployed MORE, Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryChip Roy fends off challenge from Wendy Davis to win reelection in Texas The Memo: Texas could deliver political earthquake The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states MORE, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittMajor unions back Fudge for Agriculture secretary Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Democratic lawmaker calls for DOJ investigation of entire Trump administration MORE, as well as the Council on Environmental Quality, to develop guidance and a timeline for federal agencies to implement the policies.